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Verndale senior Clay Cottrell was accepted to both the Navy Academy at Annapolis, Md., and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. He chose the Navy after visiting both institutions.

Cottrell chooses Naval Academy over West Point

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Clay Cottrell is going to be looking at a lot of blue water in the coming years.

The Verndale senior has been accepted to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md.

The Navy's successful recruitment of Cottrell was gained at the expense of another famous military academy -- the U.S. Army Academy at West Point, N.Y. Cottrell received appointments to both institutions through Eighth District Representative James Oberstar.

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